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Flames Hire Martin Gelinas As Assistant Coach

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Martin Gelinas as assistant coach. Gelinas will join head coach Bob Hartley; associate coach Jacques Cloutier; along with goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk to round out the Flames coaching staff for the 2012-13 season.

“We are excited to add Marty to our coaching staff,” said Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley. “As a player, he was known for his incredible fitness and conditioning as well as an unparalleled work ethic. We know that he will bring the same enthusiasm and commitment as a coach combined with his experience from his former position in player development with Nashville. He will be well respected by our players for his reputation as a former player, his on-ice accomplishments and his eagerness to improve our team.”

“I’m happy to be back with the team and the city that I know so well,” said Gelinas. “I have so many fond memories of my time as a player in Calgary and my family and I have made it our home ever since. I look forward to contributing to Calgary’s success and being part of a winning team.”

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Teams Not Interested In Gelinas

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Martin Gelinas’s goal of playing 20 NHL seasons is on hold, and he’s not going to let things drag out much longer than another couple of weeks.

He’s been skating with the University of Calgary Dinos and says he’s in great shape, but nobody’s craving a 38-year-old winger.

“I talk to my agent (Steve Kotlowicz) in Edmonton and he says ‘I’ve got nothing, I’ve got nothing’ so you get a little frustrated and you wonder if I’m just spinning my wheels,” said the former Oiler forward, who finished last year in Nashville.

• Teams are growing leery of Gaborik’s injuries and the risk that would bring to paying him something in the $9-million neighbourhood. Maybe the Montreal Canadiens will offer Chris Higgins and a hot prospect (Mac Pacioretty or Ryan McDonagh, two first-round picks in ‘07) and a first-round pick for Gaborik.

As good as Gaborik is, the face of the Wild these days might be Saku Koivu’s brother, Mikko. He’s a stud centre. And their second-best player might be Brent Burns on the back-end.

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Martin Gelinas Still Waiting To Play

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

“I know I’m not Forsberg, I’m not Sundin,” he said.

Like the shifty Swedes, though, Gelinas is still swimming in the free-agent pool. For the first time in a career that has spanned 19 seasons and more than 1,400 games, the grizzled veteran hasn’t signed an NHL deal.

“I know in my heart that I can still do a lot of good things for a team, and even more so come playoff time,” he said. “But you look at the business side of it and teams want to go with younger guys, thinking that the upside might be there, and that’s not always the case….”

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Gelinas’ Staying Power

From the Edmonton Journal,

When Glen Sather did the dirty work for owner Peter Pocklington and dealt Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings 20 years ago this July, who knew that Martin Gelinas would be the most enduring slice of the trade pie?

It was supposed to be Jimmy Carson, but he left here after one 49-goal season, suffocating, he said, under the weight of being traded for the greatest player in hockey history. He was out of the NHL in 1996 after a little more than 600 games.

Those first-round draft picks the Oilers also got for Gretzky? They traded one (1989 to New Jersey), they took Marty Rucinsky with one in ‘91 and the forgettable Nick Stadjuhar with the third in ‘93. Rucinsky has had a useful NHL career, but Gelinas, an 18-year-old who had been the seventh player chosen in the ‘88 draft a month earlier by L.A., who was thought to be the window-dressing in the Gretzky deal, has had the greatest staying power.

He hopes to suit up in Nashville for his 20th NHL season this fall…

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The Nice Player

from the Tennessean,

In a recent poll of NHL executives, coaches, players and media, only one Predator earned mention among the 22 categories.

It wasn’t team captain Jason Arnott, slick scorer Alexander Radulov or promising defenseman Shea Weber.

Instead, it was 19-year veteran Martin Gelinas, who finished second in this category: nicest player.

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